S5: Summer ’22 Rewind, Episode 14

Summer ’22 Rewind: Empowering English language learners with Elsa Cárdenas-Hagan

Today, Susan Lambert talks to Elsa Cárdenas-Hagan about the challenges and opportunities in teaching reading to multilingual learners. Dr. Cárdenas-Hagan is a bilingual speech language pathologist and a certified academic language therapist. She is also director of Valley Speech Language and Learning Center in Brownsville, Texas. She discusses how teachers can connect students’ home languages to English, urges teachers to educate themselves on their students’ home languages in order to spot orthographic and phonological connections, and highlights the need for educators to collaborate to ensure student success.